Mr. Friedman, could I ask you a question?

An amusing Tumblr.

My fav:  click.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Hahaha !!!

    I love it

  2. Ron Beasley says:

    Ditto Doug’s comment.
    Why does the Times still employ a man that everyone, regardless of political persuasion, thinks is a pompous moron?

  3. @Ron Beasley:

    My personal theory involves photographs of a member of the Sulzberger family and, perhaps, a monkey.

  4. Ron Beasley says:

    @Doug Mataconis: I love it – the only possible explanation.

  5. John Burgess says:

    Nah… a monkey’d get a pass. A corpse. A Broadway corpse, dating back to the 50s.

  6. SKI says:

    All hail the Mustache of Understanding.

  7. Unfortunately, not everyone finds him a moron. His book about Flatness was a bestseller, pretty popular here in Brazil(I remember seeing that with a “Recommend” attached to it in a book store) and it was always pretty easy to find translated articles from him in Brazilian newspapers.

  8. al-Ameda says:

    Thank you, Steven for posting that link.

    Thomas Friedman has such an obvious insufferable sense of self-importance – of course I might too if members of the punditocracy were constantly soliciting my opinion as to how to foster economic growth, end human rights abuse, and find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

    He has a talent for making others believe that he makes very profound observations.

    Regarding reviews for a book he pushed last year, from the NYT Book Review:

    “Friedman and Mandelbaum are men of the American elite, and they write to salute those members of the American elite who behave public-spiritedly and to scourge those who do not. They are winners, writing to urge other winners to have more of a care for their fellow citizens who are not winners. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that!

    and this, from the Library Journal:

    “This is a book of exceptional importance, written on a sweeping scale with remarkable clarity by two of our most gifted thinkers. A soon-to-be best seller, it should be read by policymakers and every American concerned about our country’s future.”